Student murder stokes fears of Egypt’s Islamists

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Times of Israel:

Bearded men approached unmarried couple sitting together in a park, demanding they separate, and fatally stabbed the young man

By July 5, 2012, 3:43 am

 

>Boys hold posters of Ahmed Hussein Eid, who was fatally stabbed by three bearded men, during his funeral procession in Suez, Egypt, on Wednesday, July 4, 2012. (photo credit: AP)
Boys hold posters of Ahmed Hussein Eid, who was fatally stabbed by three bearded men, during his funeral procession in Suez, Egypt, on Wednesday, July 4, 2012. (photo credit: AP)

CAIRO (AP) — Three bearded men approached a university student and his girlfriend during a romantic rendezvous in a park and ordered them to separate because they weren’t married, according to security officials. An argument broke out, ending with one of the men fatally stabbing the student.

The June 25 attack has alarmed Egyptians concerned that with an Islamist president in office, vigilante groups are feeling emboldened to enforce strict Islamic mores on the streets.

Islamists, including members of one-time violent groups, were empowered after last year’s ouster of Hosni Mubarak’s secular regime by a popular uprising. They formed political parties and won about 70 percent of parliament seats in elections held some six months ago, although a court dissolved the legislature.

Moderate Muslims along with liberal and women’s groups now worry that Mohammed Morsi’s presidency will eradicate what is left of Egypt’s secular traditions and change the social fabric of the mainly Muslim nation of 82 million people.

Some activists say Islamists already are flexing their muscles in areas outside Cairo and other main cities, taking advantage of the absence of civil society groups and tenuous security in the areas.

They cite reports of efforts to persuade drivers of communal taxis, mostly minibuses that can seat up to 16, to segregate women and men passengers. In some instances, women’s hairdressing salons were told to get rid of male employees or threatened with closure.

“If Islamists are to try and take over the streets and enforce their version of Islam, they will do it in rural areas, at least initially,” said Yara Sallam from Nazra, a women’s rights group.

The security officials said there was no concrete evidence linking the June 25 killing to radical Islamic groups in Egypt, but it still has stoked fears.

Islamist groups, including Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood and the ultraconservative Salafis, denied any link to the murders.

Rights groups say they have sent teams to investigate the Suez killing and establish whether Islamists were behind the attacks.

On the same day, two musicians, who were brothers, were murdered as they were traveling home after performing at a wedding in the Nile Delta province of Sharqiyah, officials said. Radical Muslims consider music “haram” or prohibited, as a distraction from religious duties.

Two ultraconservative Salafi Muslims were arrested, but officials said it was not clear if the killings were religiously motivated.

 

 

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3 Replies to “Student murder stokes fears of Egypt’s Islamists”

  1. I congratulate you as you keep informed by the news in Egypt. But there was an update news after that. Here as follows:
    1-Only 1 man had beard. Please check the newspapers.
    2-Not everyone with beard is Muslim. I have 2 Christian colleagues with beards.
    3- For the comment of the Israeli paper: “segregate women and men passengers. In some instances, women’s hairdressing salons were told to get rid of male employees or threatened with closure”. It never happened. I use buses and near my home is a hairdresser. By the way if it happened, It could be for the sake of women to have enough seats as Cairo transportation is very crowded. Did you go there? And also some women to get their hair repaired privately. But it didn’t happen although some women request this at hairdressers’ for their welfare.
    4-The minister of Interior and police revealed the matter of the student: the killers had no relation with Islamic parties and Muslim Brotherhood. The wanted to take the girl for their welfare and play a wicked game but her fiance refused and one of them hit him to death but even the killer didn’t intend to kill, just to hit hard.
    5-For the comment in the Israeli paper: “On the same day, two musicians, who were brothers, were murdered as they were traveling home after performing at a wedding in the Nile Delta province of Sharqiyah, officials said”. Noboday officially said this. It’s against Islam. Some people who hate Islam like to embed it in anything bad.

    Feel free to contact for any further clarifications. Would you accept me as a friend?

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